I purchased the LC60E78UN about 1 week ago... First and foremost, I was blown away by the TV's size!!! went from 40" to 60" inches of pure awesomeness (tv's screen is actually bigger than 60", like 60-1/2")..... I went from an ok TV to a wall of arse kicking fun. I'm loving this TV. Quick low down on what I'm using. PS3, DVR, and PC going thru onkyo tx-sr608 with 1080p output 24/7 = awesome for PS3 720p gaming = on the fly upconvert 1080p ps3 gaming / very cool!!!.... Netflix thru both PC (pc quad core q6600 proc with gts 8800 evga video) and PS3,,,,,,,, with bluetooth keyboard / mouse for PC = could care less about no net hook up for TV / wouldn't use anyway. Onkyo tx-sr608 7.2 surround with polk audio m70's fronts, cs2 center, and m50's side and rear surround speakers, with psw505 sub (all polk audio speakers) = UNREAL SOUND! New slim ps3 w/2 move controllers / with 320gb HD pumping out bitstream DTS-HD 7.1 to onkyo receiver. Also, charter cable TV right into TV's built in qam / atsm turner. Picture is friggen awesome both gaming, movies, and TV HD sport signals. You just cant go wrong with this tv @ 1299.... Sold my 40" TV for 400 bucks and got this 60" 1080p beast for 900 bucks with 36months interest free finance (just as long as you don't miss a payment and they hose ya)!!!!! Yes, not LED, but then again,,,,,,,,,,,, all LED's are really LCD's but for the fact they use LED lights and not CFL (in short). I would tell my friend / family member to purchase this TV no prob. My thoughts so far and some answers for ya:
1.) yes, the LC60E78UN has a x-gen panel,,,,, actually has x-gen symbol right on side of box
2.) awesome picture, very nice video pre-sets.... tweaked out standard video mode a bit, will post later
3.) tv's speakers are really bad, but it's a moot point for me tho..... i have it hooked up with optical output to my onkyo tx-sr608 / TV's speakers off and it's AWESOME!
4.) screen has matt finish and not gloss = very important to me with all the can lighting in theatre.... had a TV with gloss finish screen and couldn't stand it.
5.) these are my settings:
* opc = off
....... I have my opc off. I like having a consistant contrast / brightness,,,, but you can turn it on if you want, but would play around with opc range to maybe max0, and min-5 ish????
*backlight = std or 0
* contrast = 31
* brightness = neg 3
(find movie with black scene details, lower blacks as much as possible but with good solid details / no black crushing.
* color = plus 2
* tint = 0
* sharpness = plus 2
(might want to lower down to 0 if you have ghosting issues,,, maybe lower??)
*color temp = mid-high
(if you do more gaming), or middle (if you watch more movies)... it's really your pref
* fine motion = on
(play around with setting if you have ghosting issues or don't like "soap opera effect")
* active contrast = off
,,,,, will crush blacks if you turn on, so turn off and play with brightness / contrast to preference.... find movie with dark scenes and you will see that active contrast will kill black dark area details
* gamma adjustment = 0
* film mode = "LOW" MODE turned ON
(really need to play around with this settings to your own personal pref) Now using "LOW" film mode as it helps with any possible jutter (especially with DVD upconvert) you might experience while keeping a natural dvd movie feel (unlike the fake / soap opera effect "HIGH" mode produces)....... Film mode currently set to "LOW"
* digital noise reduction = turned off
, because it causes streaking in fast action movies IMO (play around with setting, see what you think).
* power control / power savings = standard
The best way to set your brightness. Set TV to 31 contrast (maybe a tad more, but not much)...... then put in starwars3 revenge of the sith (other starwars movies might work the same???? not sure. I did this with starwars3)....... THEN, to set your brightness, actually pause the movie just seconds into the first scene as you look into the blackness of space with the white stars shimmering,,,,,, just before movie pans off to the planet and the spaceship battles. While movie is paused looking into the blackness of space with white stars, adjust the TV's brightness (might want to start brightness high and lower down) so the blackness of space just matches the widescreen black bars (above / below). BTW, don't zoom in your darn TV's people!! You are only killing your awesome 1080p resolution!!! View mode on remote should be set "dot by dot". Yes, you will see widescreen bars, live with it!! LOL...... Adjust brightness JUST enough so the washed out blackness of space matches that of the true black widescreen bars (so you can not make out the wide screen bars above / below with the black space). Don't lower brightness too much tho!! Just one click from making out the washed out blackness of space to the point that the blackness of space matches the widescreen bars above / below. Then, IMO, you will have a perfectly adjusted brightness.
NOTE, you will get the best results from a nice upconverted dvd player 1080p thru HDMI, PS3 upconverted dvd 1080p HDMI, PS3 bluray thru HDMI, or any other bluray player pumping out 1080p thru hdmi cable. If you are not doing the above (like VCR or regular DVD player using yellow composite or red/green/blue component with only 480p),,,,, then GET WITH THE TIMES PEOPLE!!! Ditch the VCR or regular DVD player,,, and go buy yourself a really nice sony bluray player with wifi already built into the darn thing,,,,,, or even better!!! A playstation 3!!!! Buy a really nice HDMI cable off monoprice.com for dirt cheap, and trash the old VCR or regular DVD player!!!! Get with the times people!! LOL
With my above settings IMO, it gives a nice all around killer picture for pc gaming, ps3 gaming / bluray, and TV HD viewing. Would highly recomend this TV and enjoy. Just can go wrong on a 60", 1080p, 120hz, xgen panel tv for 1299 which is under BB cost.